Friday February 24, 2017
These cave crystals contain 50,000-year-old life
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- These cave crystals contain 50,000-year-old life
- Fort McMurray forests are on the rebound
- Somebody won NASA's spacesuit toilet contest
- Quirks Question: Why did my jello freeze like this?
- Full Episode
It's always a bit surprising to hear about life in extreme settings. Yet somehow, life finds a way to succeed in what we think of as unforgiving environments.
Scientists call these kinds of organisms extremophiles.
And there's a new one to add to the list. Microbial life has been trapped deep under the ground for tens of thousands of years, encased in enormous, almost impossibly beautiful crystals, in the Naica mountain caves in Mexico.
Dr. Boston says these organisms could help us understand what life could be like on other planets.